As the fallout from the Trump tapes continued this week, at least one local GOP lawmaker made it clear the country should know the country is electing a “President, not a Pope.”
Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, sent The Columbian a statement and posted on Facebook that she remains very supportive of Donald Trump for president.
Here’s the statement in full from Pike:

“I will vote Trump-Pence because as a State Legislator, I’ve had a front row seat to view rogue actions by our Washington State Supreme Court. Our ‘bought and paid for’ supreme court rules in favor of state agencies over the individual rights of our own citizens, gives criminals more rights than victims and supports big money special interests instead of resolving disputes in an impartial manner.

The next US President will appoint at least two new members of the Supreme Court of the United States, (SCOTUS). These appointments will affect the next four generations of American citizens. In casting my ballot for Trump-Pence, I am voting to protect the liberty and individual rights for my children, their children and grandchildren. Mr. Trump’s first appointment in selecting Governor Mike Pence as his running mate clearly demonstrates Mr. Trump’s ability to choose wisely with regard to constitutionalist SCOTUS nominees. There is simply too much at stake to elect anyone else on the ballot.”

Rep. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, said she could not condone Trump’s comments and no one should. She said she remains undecided as to what she will do in November, but won’t be voting for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Republican Reps. Paul Harris, of Vancouver, Brandon Vick, of Felida, and Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, did not return a request for comment on the subject.

Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Herrera Beutler said she would not be casting a vote for Trump, but will be writing in House Speaker Paul Ryan for president instead.


Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or Follow her on Twitter .

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